Everyone has their foot accurately measured, both in terms of width, length and volume – yes volume, and then we’re introduced to the V-VAC and HD Vacuum Silicon Bags, which are two separate silicon vacuum bags filled with microballs connect to the V-VAC vacuum pump. The rider is directed to place their feet onto these, as the foot is guided into the bag as it forms, producing a perfect representation of the foot and how the sole is shaped. From this, the skilled technician can choose the right foot beds, heat them and form them into the mold to produce a perfect shape for each foot. SIDAS system uses a small ‘baking’ machine called the V-Lab, which is a thermo-welding device developed for thermo-forming techniques. It’s used to make plantar orthotics without adhesive, having multi-function touch controls for setting heat and time, so the skilled user won’t burn your meal … or over-cook your foot beds.
Then it’s off to the final shape forming, where fibre board is added to the foot bed, adding stability inside the shoe, before a very smart looking grinder is used to finalise the foot love, smoothing everything out to ensure that it sits perfectly inside your cycling shoes. Oh, did I forget … yes, there’s also more to the actual cycling shoe itself than meets the eye – next it was time for some shoe science from Lake.